Bombs Away

Subject lines in e-mails are supposed to get a recipient's attention. Well, the one that introduced a July 6 press release sent by Lance Clem, public information officer for the Colorado Department of Public Safety, did that and more. It reads:

"MEDIA ADVISORY -- Suicide Bombing Class Open to Reporters"

No, the presentation isn't intended to teach journalists how to rig their very own explosive vest. According to the release, "the Colorado Information Analysis Center... next week will inaugurate a new program in Colorado to train 62 local terrorism liaison officers from areas throughout the state," and a portion of the July 11 session at the CIAC's Centennial headquarters will be open to media coverage.

Hope the subject line didn't give scribes some bad ideas -- but maybe their editors should have blast doors installed in their offices just in case... -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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